Cancer Trust retires and gives funds to Sue Ryder
A COMMUNITY group that has helped thousands of cancer sufferers over the past 26 years has announced its retirement by making a grand gesture.
Launched in 1991, the Wokingham District Cancer Care Trust has helped run palliative care day centres and offer support to residents with the life-threatening illness.
However, last year the charity decided to merge with Sue Ryder, which now runs the day centre in Wokingham Hospital on Barkham Road.
The charity felt that as fundraising had become increasingly difficult and the two charities could join forces as they shared similar aims.
On Friday, supporters including the trust’s president The Hon Mary Bayliss, gathered at the day hospice to see chairman Dr Martin Haslam present a cheque for £200,000 to Sue Ryder.
Dr Haslam thanked supporters for their help over the years.
“Things change and trustees recognise that in the current climate fundraising is increasingly difficult. It would be right to use our funds in a way that would be most effective, we looked very hard,” he said.
“I am very pleased we’re able to make the donation and we will be able to continue our work.”
Margaret Moore, a trustee for Sue Ryder in the Berkshire area, said: “I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who has helped over the years.
“This is an incredible donation to us that will enable us to do so much.”
Stuart Marks, Sue Ryder’s hospice director, said: “We’re delighted that WDCC chose Sue Ryder to work with.
“Thank you all very much indeed.”
Dr Martin Haslam presents a cheque for £200,000 from Wokingham District Cancer Trust to Sue Ryder’s Margaret Moore, watched by Stuart Marks (left) and supporters including The Hon Mary Bayliss